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Trader’s house (House 3)

Construction: 852
Duration of use: four or five years
Size: 12.1 m x 6.5 m (max.) / approx. 78 sqm

Construction: Interior scaffold construction

The load-bearing scaffold is located inside the house and consists of strong logs. The wall consists of split planks, around which wattle is wound. This is grouted with clay.

Peculiarities: this is the only reconstructed house for which logs were used for the scaffolding. In order to save wood, tree trunks were normally split in Haithabu. The most important wood for construction was the oak as it was the hardest and most resilient wood. However, this building also incorporates wood from birch trees, beech trees, alder trees and ash trees in its roof scaffold as could be found at least occasionally in house constructions in Haithabu in the 9th century.

Furnishings: Possibly some traders owned specific houses in Haithabu which they used during the trade season. The rear room is furnished as a living and sleeping area, whilst merchandise is stored in the front part.

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